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TRAPPIST-1: 7 Potential Living Planets!

The announcement was made today that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has found 7 rocky planets ranging in size and density from Mars to and a bit beyond Earth. All of them are potentially within liquid water orbital range of their sun, three of them permanently, and depending on the green house gasses composition of the atmospheres the other 4 of them may be. Now that they have located them, every orbital telescope we have is pointed in their direction, gathering data. The star they orbit is nothing like ours, but a tiny rather cool Red Dwarf, which means we have the possibility of habitable planets around many more stars than we used to believe. Of the videos here, the first is a short visual announcement, the second is the full announcement with Q+A broadcast earlier today, and the third is a 360 degree VR rendering to give you a feel for what it would look like from the surface of one of them.

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